Rowing our boats
get the new Messy Church season after the summer break off to a
great start, we gathered in the park for a day of sporting fun and
games on the afternoon of Sunday 27 August
all happened at the playing fields on Bog Road in Penicuik. Sheila
and Iain Anderson had brought along their Marquee tent which was
quickly erected. The sporting activities were designed by Joan and Neil Cape, as were the catering activities.
Joan and Neil brought some of the recent London Athletics events to Penicuik creating a bit of fun. These included dribbling a
ball through a course of cones in the fastest time, Throwing balls into
a bucket, and water carrying, into a
bucket at the end of the course, without dropping any. Just to make this one tricky the carry
cups had holes in them!!!
favourite was 'welly throwing'. Here
the objective was to throw a welly boot the farthest. A bit of 'trial
and error' was needed to finally find the best method of
throwing. Heaving the
welly boot over the shoulder seemed to help quite a bit.
I thought it was summer, but we had family skiing. Now snow in Penicuik in
August I can believe, but not this time. We were on grass. Each set of skis
had four ropes to allow up to 4 people to stand on them at one time. The
trick is to move forward, in unison.
Getting everyone in step, is very tricky.
leaning to more craft work rather than running and jumping, or
just stopping to catch their breath, could try building a
marshmallow tower. Using toothpicks to link the marshmallows
together was easier than last year using uncooked spaghetti. A wide
selection of 'creations' emerged, but the temptation to just eat the
marshmallows was very tempting.
was an opportunity for a bit of face painting, with some
creative artwork on display. I do hope that they were using water
soluble marker pens. Looked very much like permanent markers to
me...... Would be a bit of a problem turning up at school on Monday
with a Panda, or Cats face.
Anderson has a pretty mean whistle, and soon everyone in the whole of
Penicuik knew it was celebration time in the marquee tent.
The team help Sheila find the sheep lost friend
a session rowing our boats, Sheila produced a bag from which her puppet
friend appeared. Was it a dog, or a cat? No, it was a sheep. She asked
the sheep why it looked so troubled. It had lost its friend. Sheila
looked inside the bag and produced a series of sheep, and other animals, of differing
sizes and shapes, but none was the friend that was lost. Even a
tiny little sheep that Graham McDonald found in his pocket was not the one either.
a good search in the bag found the answer. A small wooden Cross. Yes
that was our sheep friend. The same friend we all have Jesus, the
good shepherd that looks after us, guiding and helping us through bad
times and good times. in the same way a shepherd looks after
smell of the BBQ was now becoming overpowering. Neil Cape and Iain
Anderson had been busy on
the BBQ grilling a great selection of burgers, and sausages, A
queue quickly formed to grab a burger or sausage in a
roll, spicing them up from a great selection of sauces and relishes,
and adding a side salad to make a great meal. Cakes and pastries
provided a sweet dessert to finish, along with lots of juices, tea and
The team of hungry people line up for the BBQ treats A
wonderful start to the new Messy Church season, and we look forward to
seeing all the children next month for something new and different
again, to hear about the love and good work of Jesus and God, while
having some fun at the same time.
The next Messy Church will be on Sunday September 24th
4.00 to 6.00pm
For more information on Messy Church
Contact: Joan Cape 674276 firstname.lastname@example.org
Katrina McDonald email@example.com
Published - 29 August 2017